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  • Actors: Rachel Shelley, Eva Birthistle
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Contender Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HN6PP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British horror film directed by Tom Shankland, based on a story by Paul Andrew Williams. A relaxing Christmas break turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents and embark on a gruesome killing spree.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jsnell on 24 July 2011
Format: DVD
in a nutshell 'the children' is about two families who are on vacation during winter, which turns into a fight for survival after the kids turn on their parents post to becoming somewhat psychotic. initially this sounds ridiculous, yet it's actually executed well, with careful developments on the children's mental deterioration, starting with the disappearance of the families domestic pet which then insidiously elevates into sadistic activity on the children's part.

i don't usually like to take films too seriously but despite this, there is definitely an issue with the films credibility; especially concerning the parents response to their children's psychotic behaviour. they irrationally become incapable of effectively defending themselves against their kids, , which may be attributed to the brutality of what is happening, yet in this particular situation it's proves very difficult to believe and is similarly not that scary. however, this wasn't a bad watch and as far as low budget british horror goes it was definitely worth it, i wouldn't necessarily advise potential buyers to steer away, yet it's far from brilliant and won't really keep you on the edge of your seat.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2012
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...it's the adults you have to feel sorry for here. `The Children' is a horror movie about a couple of yuppie families, coming together to celebrate new year's eve in a nice, out-of-the-way mansion (one of those with no mobile phone signal just when you need them). After discussing the benefits of home-schooling their offspring and Chinese herbal medicine, the children of both families go nuts and start murdering their parents indiscriminately. Why? Um, we don't know. They just do.

It's actually quite good too. There is gore, but it's done well and not overused. The adults are pretty smug and it's quite fun when they get the smile wiped off their faces using a sledge and a climbing frame (you'll have to watch it to understand).

The first half of the film sets the second, more gruesome, half up quite nicely. The best part of The Children is the children. It was obviously difficult persuading a bunch over under ten year olds to act like Jason Voorhees, but they've managed it here (presumably without ending up psychologically damaging the poor kids for life). The kids are pretty damn creepy.

Some reviewers have pointed out that one of the film's flaws is that the baddies are kids. Just kids. No superpowers or anything, just kids. Therefore it shouldn't be that hard to subdue them. However, bear in mind that those being hunted are the children's parents, therefore they may find it hard to defend themselves against a little person they've spent their life bringing up.

The Children isn't a perfect movie, but if you like horror, you should find it fun.

Of course if the parents had done what the rest of us adults do when our kids get out of hand, i.e. put on Cbeebies at the first sign of unrest, then none of the bad stuff in the film would have happened. All hail Peppa Pig. This film is the best advert for birth control you'll ever see.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Being a Horror fan I have seen them all and was not expecting much from the trash that is flushed out to us. But I'm pleased to tell you that this movie was a nice surprise. The plot was basic, the characters were believable, and the movie had a nice pace. The basic concept as well as the promotional posters and stills looked great, so the only concerns I had left were the possible restrictions in depicting brutality committed by and violent retaliation against the children. Well I must say that I was really impressed with this film. Kudos to writer/director Tom Shankland for delivering an old-fashioned unhinged, uncompromising, shocking and hardcore-to-the-bone killer kids flick!. The Children is also a lot more than just an exploitative and senselessly violent shlock movie. It's a bona fide creepy and atmospheric thriller, with some genuine moments of sheer suspense, and even a witty social satire, with many accurate observations on nowadays family life. Two couples with mutual offspring as well as children from previous relationships unite in a secluded country house to celebrate the New Year.

Suddenly and seemingly without inducement, a vicious and unidentified virus metamorphoses the children into emotionless killers. Shankland does a terrific job building up a foreboding suspense all throughout the first half of the movie; without showing any graphic bloodshed. The Children honestly creeps you out and makes you feel tense long before the kids' murderous tendencies break loose. Elements that contribute to increase the already quite high level of exasperation include the isolated country setting, eerie soundtrack and - of course - the misleadingly innocent faces of the child actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
The Children is directed by Tom Shankland who adapts the screenplay from a Paul Andrew Williams story. It stars Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell, Hannah Tointon, Eva Sayer, William Howes, Rachel Shelley and Jeremy Sheffield. Music is by Stephen Hilton and cinematography by Nanu Segal.

A Christmas holiday at a remote country home turns into a fight for survival when the children suddenly start to turn on the adults.....

Could you kill your own kid? There's a nasty edge to Shankland's little shocker, and we are not just talking about creepy kids offing adults here. Although lifting freely from classic evil-children horrors from the past, The Children manages to remain fresh by playing on the aspect of the parents' refusal to accept that their cherubic offspring could do evil. Even when faced with blatant malevolence, the adults struggle to fight back. I mean, could you drop-kick your own child down the stairs? Added kicker in the writing is that the only character in the set-up who grasps what is going on is the troubled teenager (Tointon excellent), a nice twist for it is so often the case in horror movies that we bemoan dumb teens doing even dumber things.

With the makers unfolding the drama amongst a virginal snowy setting, there's much thought gone into crafting more than just a standard gory shocker. Shankland shows a good sense of mood and pacing, drip-feeding the unease and never getting carried away with the premise. His closeup camera-work has an unsettling quality to it, while the deaths are inventive and mercifully not over done, the editing neatly giving us the viewers the chance to fill in the blanks. Some of the adult actors irritate rather than gain our belief, and the odd "dumb" reaction to a situation rears its ugly head. But mostly this is a thoughtful and spicy Brit horror that's worth seeking out by those after more than your rank and file slasher movie. 7/10
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